My SD card slot broke off (as in only pins are left and I would have to hold down an SD card for it to boot). 1

I've written Raspberry Pi OS to a USB drive, I was told the Raspberry Pi 4 B could boot from USB without modification, clearly that was not accurate. when I boot the rpi4b it tries to boot from the SD card multiple times.

SD card not detected
SD CMD: 0x371a0010 (55) 0x0 0x1fff0001
Failed to open device: 'sdcard'
^ repeats 2 more times
SD card not detected
SD boot failed
BOOT_STOPPED: 0x00000001 0x0

then it shuts off after a minute or two.

I don't even own an SD card or soldering kit currently and cant even find the SD card slot that broke off.

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    raspberry pi 4b could boot from USB without modification - guess it depends on the EEPROM when the pi was manufactured. I would assume that any pi 4 manufactured in the last couple of years would boot from USB, though I could be wrong of course. Oct 19, 2022 at 0:25
  • @JaromandaX the year on my raspberry pi says 2018, and the bootloader version is a5e1b95f april 16 2020 Oct 19, 2022 at 13:21
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    What did you want me to do with that information? Oct 19, 2022 at 22:01
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    USB Boot was added in May 2020 - so, you're out of luck there - However, 16 April 2020 firmware supports network boot - so there's an option for you Oct 20, 2022 at 0:31


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